The Mckay scholarship program is available to students with disabilities. Parents have the right to choose the most suitable educational setting for their children.
“The school-choice debate isn’t about public or private schools; it’s about choices. It’s about understanding what works for me and being able to make that choice for my family. McKay Scholarship Parent
The McKay scholarship program will allow over 25000 students with disabilities access to a standard private school in the 2020/2021 academic year.
Parents of disabled children have the option to transfer their children to another school through the scholarship program.
Florida’s late 1990s saw an increase in the number of students with disabilities. The public schools could not accommodate all of them, even though they had Exceptional Student Education (ESE).
The need to provide care for these children became an urgent matter. John McKay was a grandfather to a child with disabilities and was President of the Florida State Senate. He created a program that allowed parents to choose whether to use ESE funds for their child or go to another school.
Parents will have the option to choose between public and private schools that would best suit their child’s needs.
This scholarship program had one goal: to create an academic environment unique and supportive for children with disabilities. John Mckay was the first to name the scholarship program, and it quickly became the most well-known scholarship for the disabled in America.
Before you can be considered for the McKay scholarship, you must first apply to your school before withdrawing from it. You must submit a 504 Accommodation Plan or Individual Education Plan (IEP) to be eligible for the McKay scholarship program.
No payments will be made if the deadlines do not submit the McKay Scholarship Program parent intent and student fee schedule.
Please note the deadlines that private schools must submit student documentation, as listed below under Private Schools Responsibilities.
The Department of Education will start processing student scholarships at least four weeks before the payment deadline to avoid complications due to unforeseen circumstances.
Based on the student’s enrollment information, payments will be made. You must notify the Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice if you withdraw your child or transfer them to another private school within the three-week processing period.
If a parent is transferring their child to a private school, they should not accept a check from the original private school and endorse it to that school. The original private school’s tuition fees and scholarship calculations may not apply to another private school.
The Department of Education can make one payment per student per quarter but cannot make retroactive or partial payments.
After the private school approves the warrant, both the parent and private school will confirm that the quarterly payment amount has been correctly calculated and that the transfer was successful.
Any disputes that arise after this point will be settled between the parents and the private school. The IRS also determined that the acceptance of a scholarship through this program is not personal family income.
The Scholarship Program Award
The scholarship amount is equal to what you would have earned in the public school you are assigned to or the tuition and fees of the private school you choose.